Experience Beautiful Portugal

May 19 – May 27, 2018

Rich, culturally immersive and personalized small group tour that goes beyond the tour bus

Experience Beautiful Portugal

May 19 – May 27, 2018

Rich, culturally immersive and personalized small group tour that goes beyond the tour bus

Experience Beautiful Portugal

May 19 – May 27, 2018

Rich, culturally immersive and personalized small group tour that goes beyond the tour bus

Experience Beautiful Portugal

May 19 – May 27, 2018

Rich, culturally immersive and personalized small group tour that goes beyond the tour bus

Experience Beautiful Portugal

May 19 – May 27, 2018

Rich, culturally immersive and personalized small group tour that goes beyond the tour bus

Experience Beautiful Portugal

Rich, culturally immersive and personalized small group tour that goes beyond the tour bus

Personalized small group tour experience!

Empty Nester?

Newly come to the empty nest? What better way to embark on this new phase of your life with travel to a unique and exotic destination.

  • Life changes often leave us adrift, travel clears the cobwebs and focuses the mind.
  • Now that your children have embarked on their journey, reward yourself with a journey of your own!

SOLO travelers

Frustrated with having to pay more money just because you are alone? I understand the challenges of traveling alone.

  • Unaccompanied travelers welcome and wanted!
  • Let me help you make room share arrangements.
  • Why pay more for unused double occupancy?
  • A great way to make friends!

Newbie Travelers

Is traveling to Europe on your bucket list, but you feel apprehensive about doing it? I am committed to:

  • Answering your questions and reservations.
  • Helping you push the boundaries of your comfort zones.
  • Showing you the full potential of an international travel experience!
  • YOU CAN DO THIS!

The Portugal Experience!

All photos by Margaret Webster

Street in Lisbon

Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara

Pastry shop Lisbon Portugal

Pastelaria in Lisbon

Day 1: Saturday, May 19 – Arrive in Lisbon

I selected a cute old European hotel with historical significance. It’s quite lovely and features modern amenities like private bathrooms and flush toilets. As everyone will probably be arriving in the morning European time, your fee includes a stop at the local Pastelaria for a fabulous pastry and probably much-needed espresso. I will show you some amazing sites in the area (Real Principe, and the breathtaking views of the Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara ). During these interpretive tours, I will share historical anecdotes about Portuguese culture.

Lunch will be at a fun open restaurant/market called Time Out. We will take the train to Cascais, a lovely seaside suburb of Lisbon with interesting architecture, fresh ocean breezes and beautiful views.

Dinner (included).

Fountain in Rossio Square

Fountain in Rossio Square

Cascais coastal town outside of Lisbon

Cascais coastal town outside of Lisbon

Scaling the heights in Lisbon

Scaling the heights in Lisbon

Sunset at Cascais

Sunset at Cascais

Day 2: Sunday, May 20th – Lisbon/Sintra

Day two starts with a stop at a local Pastelaria (included in the fee) for pastries, coffee or tea. Afterward we will hop aboard the metro to Terriero Do Paco my personal favorite Lisbon neighborhood. In the Alfalma area wander around Castelo de Sao Jorge or St. George’s castle.  (Castle admission is included in your fee)

Lunch is on your own, there are abundant restaurants and open-air cafes to choose from in the area.

Following lunch, we will take the train to Sintra where we will be staying in a lovely historic hotel that looks as though pulled from a fairy tale.

Dinner (included).

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Did You Know?

The tight corners and steep hills along the E28 route make it impossible for modern trams to navigate. Only vintage 1930s trams are able to travel along this track.
View from National Palace in Sintra

Castelo de Sao Jorge Lisbon

Street in Lisbon

Terriero Do Paco in Lisbon

View from National Palace in Sintra

View from the National Palace in Sintra

Pena Palace in Sintra

Colorful Houses in Sintra

Day 3: Monday, May 21st– Sintra

Monday begins with breakfast at the hotel. We will then take a tour of Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in Europe to just to say you were there.  Fee for Cabo da Roca is included.

Enjoy walking around the historic city center and see the amazing modern art exhibit or just relax at the pool and gardens of the guest house.

We will finish the day with dinner as a group at a great local restaurant.

Day 4 & 5: , May 22nd & 23rd: Sintra

Sintra has long been the vacation spot for Portuguese aristocracy, with ruins that date back to the 10th century.  We will begin the day by enjoying breakfast provided by the guesthouse before getting on the 934 bus route to the day’s attractions.

We will spend the days castle hopping from the past to the present with the Moorish Castle, the Pena Palace, and the National Palace.  A picnic lunch is included, as well as admission to the exhibits.

Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

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Did You Know?

The Pena Palace in Sintra is a blending of four distinct architectural styles? They are:  Neo-Gothic, Neo-Islamic, Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Manueline.
Porto Cathedral

Moorish Castle

Pena Palace in Sintra

Pena Palace in Sintra

The Porto de Vila in Obidos

The Porto de Vila in Obidos

Cobbled street in Obidos

Cobbled street in Obidos

Day 6, May 24th: Obidos

Cobbled streets and traditional painted houses in a compact area surrounded by city walls make Obidos one of the most picturesque destinations in Portugal. Obidos features an exquisitely tiled city gate, Porta da Vila and a regional cherry liqueur called Ginja de Obidos which is served in chocolate cups!

We will stay at one of the coolest hotels I’ve ever seen that crossed old world with new world eco-chic to create an excellent experience.

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Did You Know?

Obidos traditionally belonged to the queen of Portugal? This has ensured that every house or shop has been lovingly cared for and maintained in the Portuguese style.. bright colors and fantastic architecture!

Day 7 & 8, May 25th & 26th: Espinho/Porto

Espinho is a lovely seaside community. Once you have spent time in Portugal you will be wowed and inspired by the tile work that is every where in this country. I have set up the opportunity for you to learn about and make a beautiful tile project of your own. You will also be treated to an authentic Portuguese meal made at the guest house.

Day 9, May 27th: Depart from Porto

We will depart for home from Porto.

Porto Cathedral

Porto Cathedral

Tram in Porto

Tram in Porto

Want to know more?

Package includes:

  • Personal Concierge Tour Guide
  • Transportation within Portugal
  • All Lodging
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Dinners
  • Day Tours
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Taxes and fees

The package does not include:

  • Airfare to Lisbon unless you have also booked the Azores trip.
  • Return Airfare from Porto
  • Trip insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Most lunches

$1,687* USD

 

Yes! I want to go to Portugal!

About your guide

Margaret Webster

Meet Margaret Webster

Margaret Webster is a life coach, published author, and travel blogger. After a successful career as a senior project manager, Margaret found herself facing the challenge of the empty nest following her youngest son’s departure on his own life’s journey. Embracing this new stage of her life, she began to travel full time, organically discovering new places and people, finding the hidden gems that lie off the beaten path.

Margaret lived for three months in Portugal, immersed in local culture, customs, cuisine and language to be able to bring a unique small group tour experience to you! Join Margaret on a memorable journey and discover the wonders of Portugal, a warm country of grand architecture, sublime art, picturesque landscapes, delightful meals, and warm, friendly people.

Testimonials

She’s a thoughtful and thorough person who still knows how to have a good time. She was far more generous with her time and effort than I have often experienced, helping to make the weekend a great success. Gary, Rochester NY

Margaret is an awesome, fun, witty person to hang out with. She’s an awesome tour guide with a wealth of knowledge and plenty of great stories to share. Thanks for everything Margaret! Chris, Castro Valley CA

Margaret, Webster is as wonderful tour coordinator and tour guide. She is very detail-oriented and gets things done plus she is a lot of fun. Sign me up for your next tour, Margaret! Kathy Austin TX

She was warm and welcoming to everyone, whether that was the first time she met them or they were a familiar long- time friend. She has an easy going nature, loves to laugh, and has the gift of making everyone feel that they belong to her ‘tribe,’ no matter their personality or station in life. We all loved to be entertained by her animated stories and situations she got herself into. She has inspired me to expand my geographic comfort zone. Diane, Amston CT

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Itinerary subject to changes or modifications.

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